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Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: his joint declaration with Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki is deemed by Yad Vashem to be highly problematic. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/Pool

Yad Vashem, Israel’s highly-respected Holocaust memorial centre, has issued a strong condemnation of a joint statement issued by the prime ministers o(...)

Protesters wave Palestinian flags as they demonstrate against Israel at the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar on July 6th, 2018. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty

Israel’s high court has suspended the planned demolition of the West Bank Bedouin hamlet of Khan al-Ahmar, a tiny settlement that has become a flashpo(...)

 Claude Lanzmann, the journalist and film director whose obsession with the Nazi genocide brought forth ‘Shoah’. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Claude Lanzmann, the journalist and film director whose obsession with the Nazi genocide brought forth Shoah, a groundbreaking film that relived the a(...)

Gonen Segev is escorted by prison guards as he arrives at court in Jerusalem. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/EPA

The trial has begun in Jerusalem of former Israeli minister Gonen Segev, who is accused of spying for Iran and providing information on Israeli bases (...)

Internally displaced people from Deraa province arrive near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in Quneitra, Syria, on June 29th. Photograph:  Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters

Fears are mounting about the safety of more than 270,000 civilians who have fled recent fighting in southern Syria, with aid groups and local doctors (...)

Polish supreme court president Malgorzata Gersdorf walks to the court building, surrounded by supporters, in Warsaw on Wednesday. Photograph: Maciej Jazwiecki/Agencja Gazeta via Reuters

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki faced passionate attacks against Warsaw’s judicial reforms on Wednesday as a leading judge defied her forced (...)

Internally displaced people from Deraa province arrive near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in Quneitra, Syria. Photograph: Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters

The Jordanian and Israeli armies are delivering food, tents and medical supplies to some of the 270,000 Syrians who have fled fighting between Syrian (...)

Ireland’s 2001-2002 membership of the UN Security Council, dominated by the response to the 9/11 attacks, was the last time Ireland held one of its 10 non-permanent seats.

Richard Ryan, Ireland’s permanent representative at the United Nations, was preparing for the second week of the Irish month-long presidency of the UN(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar   in Brussels last week. He will be attending a series of events in New York on Monday marking the formal launch of Ireland’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.  Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Winning a seat on the UN Security Council would place Ireland “at the heart of UN decision-making on international peace, security and development,” T(...)

US permanent representative to UN Nikki Haley:  called rights body a “protector of human-rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A few years ago, I covered a long hearing in the cavernous hall in Geneva where the UN Human Rights Council holds its plenary meetings. Ireland was in(...)

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